Clarkson University

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8 Clarkson Avenue

Potsdam, NY 13699

Phone: (315) 268-6400
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. National Universities

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Clarkson University is a private institution that was founded in 1896. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,072, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 640 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clarkson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 121. Its tuition and fees are $40,610 (2013-14).

Clarkson University is a private school in northern New York, in the village of Potsdam, which is about a 90-minute drive from Ottawa and nearly two hours from Montreal. Undergraduates at Clarkson can choose from more than 50 academic programs, and graduates have many options as well, including those in the schools of business and engineering. Outside the classroom, Clarkson students can explore the more than 60 campus organizations, which include more than 10 fraternities and sororities.

At Clarkson, there are also many annual events, such as the Holiday Hoops for Charity basketball games and pep rallies and bonfires on Spirit Day. Off campus, Clarkson students can discover the nearby Adirondack Mountains and Lake Placid, drive an hour to Canada or take a day trip to New York City. Student athletes at Clarkson can check out many intramural teams or play at the varsity level in the NCAA. The nationally recognized Golden Knights men's and women's hockey teams compete in Division I, and about a dozen other varsity teams play in Division III.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in the northern Adirondacks in the college town of Potsdam, Clarkson University is New York State's highest ranked, small research institution. Clarkson's reputation is built on a dynamic collaborative learning environment, innovative degree and research programs, and an unmatched track record for producing leaders and innovators. In fact, one in seven Clarkson alumni is a president, vice president, or owner of a company. At Clarkson, 3,000 enterprising students pursue degrees in 50+ rigorous academic programs of study in engineering, business, liberal arts, the sciences, and health sciences. Our primary mission is undergraduate education, but we also offer outstanding graduate programs in several disciplines. Our faculty are on the leading edge of research of international relevance. Across the institution, faculty and students develop close, mentoring relationships, and make lifelong connections that guide career success.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1896
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $161,642,720


When applying to Clarkson University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Clarkson University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.1%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Clarkson University is 15:1, and the school has 37.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clarkson University include: Engineering, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Physical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering, General 49%
Business Administration and Management, General 25%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Physical Sciences 4%

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Student Life

Clarkson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,072, with a gender distribution of 71.9 percent male students and 28.1 percent female students. At this school, 83 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 17 percent of students live off campus. Clarkson University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,604
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Clarkson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Clarkson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Clarkson University, 66 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Clarkson University.

Students who have cars on campus 66%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Clarkson University, 86.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $26,790.

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Tuition and fees $40,610 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,268 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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